I learned a great deal from a Joe Keene on the yahoo forum. I am going to post this info there but I did not know if you post there as well. Anyway, the Micheal I mentioned in my posting of 3/2001 was my great-grandfather. Previously you had mentioned a Chicago directory from 1915 had peaked my interest because it listed Micheal Gubbins (policeman) and Joseph X Gubbins (salesman 717) and a Miss Marie C. Gubbins (bookkeeper) as all living at 812 S. Oakley Blvd.
According to the 1900 census data I was provided last night it lists the following
Micheal (Head of House), Mary (wife) living at 423 S. Oakley.It states that Micheal was born in May 1854, he was 46 in 1900. He had been married to Mary 18 years at that time so they were apparently married in 1882. Micheal was apparently born in Illinois, and his mother and father were born in Ireland. His occupation is listed as a policeman, and not having been unemployed. It lists him as owning the home or at least paying the mortgage.
As for his wife, Mary she was apparently born April of 1860, so she was 40 at the time of the census. She and Micheal had three children (see below). She was apparently born in Illinois and her father was born in Ireland, but her mother was born in Illinois. She had no listed employment (not unusual for 1900).
Their children were Marie, Joseph, and Angelina.
Marie is listed as a daughter and was born in July of 1880, so at the time of the census she was 19 going on 20 (this is weird given that they were supposedly married for only 18 years), Anyway she is listed as being born in Illinois and again both her parents are also listed as being born in Illinois as described above.
Joseph is listed as a son, and was apparently born in June of 1895 so at the time he was listed as 4 going on 5. (The census was documented on June 4th 1900 so his birthday would be after that). Anyway, he was born in Illinois and his parents are listed as that as well as described above.
Lastly, is the entry of Angelina as a daughter. She was apparently born in February of 1898 so she was 2 years old at the time of the census. She was born in Illinois and it lists her parents as that as well as described above.
I learned today that Angelina died early in life perhaps before she was 5, and that Marie lost contact with my grandfather after their mother died. The 1915 directory does not list the mother, so perhaps she died before 1915. My grandfather hired detectives to find Marie and she was rumored to have died in California, however that turned out to be inaccurate because she showed up for his wake in Oak Park in 1957, never to be heard from by my family again.
Given the years of birth and marriage of my greatgrandfather Micheal, and the fact that his parents were born in Ireland and were in the US when he was born in 1859, any additional info you could provide to continue to help me piece the family puzzle together would be helpful.